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A Demo That’s Truly ‘A Head’ of Its Time

Computer-generated special effects have amazed audiences for nearly a generation now. But they’ve long fallen short when modeling the one thing that’s most important to telling a good story: the human face. Until now. headkeystone

At our annual GPU Technology Conference this week, Jen-Hsun Huang, our CEO, showed off a startling digital model of a human head that not only offered unparalleled realism — but was generated in real-time using commercially-available GPUs and an NVIDIA innovation we call FaceWorks.

“Let’s have Ira say a few things,” Jen-Hsun asks during his keynote presentation, as Ira’s visage loomed overhead. “What did you have for breakfast?”

Ira complains that he had yogurt for breakfast, but it was largely frozen fruit.

Asked about Project SHIELD, Ira screams “take my money!”

To create ‘Ira’ we partnered with Dr. Paul Debevec of the Institute for Creative Technology (ICT) at the University of Southern California. He and his team have been building next-generation systems that can capture facial data to within a tenth of a millimeter without the need for special makeup, awkward markers or specialized cameras.

ICT’s ‘light stage’ technology uses photographic techniques to derive not only the 3D shape of an actor’s face, but the critical elements needed to properly represent human skin. These include light reflection and transmission through the skin, reflectivity from oils in the skin, and the nearly microscopic lines and bumps in the skin surface.

After asking an actor to model several dozen basic expressions, Debevec’s team then runs their footage through a compression engine. The result: a pared down set of data that can be mixed and matched to generate a wide range of expressions.

Those interested can download it here.



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Good for you CGI. The rest of us mortals can watch it on YouTube.

he has glass eyes?

crissindahouse said:
he has glass eyes?

The eyes are a bit glossy in the demo, I agree. Still the most impressive tech demo on the desktop, though. 



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That stare scares me.

 Nintendopie  Was obviously right and I was obviously wrong. I will forever be a lesser being than them. (6/16/13)

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CGI-Quality said:
crissindahouse said:
he has glass eyes?

The eyes are a bit glossy in the demo, I agree. Still the most impressive tech demo on the desktop, though. 

maybe drunk



We are STILL far away from this technology being standardized. Even in SLI, I only get, at most, 50fps. And that's just the head. A full game of this caliber is no where near ready to be out, PC or otherwise.

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Still needs to overcome the Uncanny Valley. A HUGE step ahead of the PS4 tech demo though, I found the face of the old man highly disturbing...

KHlover said:
Still needs to overcome the Uncanny Valley. A HUGE step ahead of the PS4 tech demo though, I found the face of the old man highly disturbing...

Hmmm...I actually thought the old man didn't "repulse" at all. This tech demo does, and you have to download and experience it for yourself to truly understand..



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Can the demo run on GPU's lower than the 670?